Gardner leads No. 1 Arizona past Oregon

Posted: Sunday, March 09, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Jason Gardner scored 21 of his season-high 27 points in the second half and No. 1 Arizona pulled away to beat Oregon 88-80 on Saturday.

The Wildcats (25-2, 17-1 Pac-10) took control with a 17-2 run that put them up 66-56 with 6:39 to play on Salim Stoudamire's 16-footer.

Stoudamire, benched in the second half against Oregon State on Thursday night because coach Lute Olson didn't like his attitude, had 19 points, 17 in the second half.

No. 2 Kentucky 69, No. 3 Florida 67

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Gerald Fitch had 18 points for Kentucky, which finished unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference.

The Wildcats (26-3, 16-0) snapped the Gators' (24-6, 12-4) school-record, 19-game home winning streak.

No. 4 Texas 76, No. 5 Oklahoma 71

NORMAN, Okla. -- T.J. Ford scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, including a big fallaway jumper with 20 seconds left, as the Longhorns overcame a 15-point deficit.

Royal Ivey had 16 points for Texas (22-5, 13-3 Big 12), which ended Oklahoma's 37-game home winning streak. The victory means Texas is the No. 2 seed in next week's Big 12 tournament. Oklahoma will be the third seed.

No. 8 Marquette 70, Cincinnati 61

MILWAUKEE -- Dwyane Wade scored 26 points and the Golden Eagles won their first Conference USA title.

Wade had 10 rebounds, including four consecutive in the closing minutes to help Marquette (23-4, 14-2) become the first team other than Cincinnati to win the regular-season title outright in the eight seasons Conference USA has been in existence.

No. 9 Wake Forest 78, N.C. State 72

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Josh Howard scored 27 points, including six free throws in the final 1.7 seconds, as the Demon Deacons won their first outright Atlantic Coast Conference title since 1962.

Wake Forest (23-4, 13-3) set a school record for league wins, closing out ACC play by winning 11 of 12.

No.11 Xavier 96, Temple 65

CINCINNATI -- Romain Sato scored 29 points and Lionel Chalmers and David West each had 17 as the Musketeers (24-4, 15-1 Atlantic 10) tied a school record with their 15th consecutive win, matching the mark set in 1987-88.

Alex Wesby had 24 points and David Hawkins added 20 for Temple (13-14, 10-6), which had won six in a row.

No. 15 Louisville 100, Charlotte 59

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Luke Whitehead had 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to lead the Cardinals.

Kendall Dartez added a career-high 16 points for Louisville (21-6, 11-5 Conference USA), which played without senior center Marvin Stone, its second-leading scorer and rebounder, who sat out as the NCAA continued looking into his amateur status.

No. 16 Notre Dame 86, Georgetown 80

WASHINGTON -- Chris Thomas had 29 points and seven rebounds as Notre Dame snapped a three-game losing streak.

Thomas was 9-for-16 from the field, including 3-for-8 from 3-point range, and 8-of-9 from the free throw line, including four after Georgetown pulled to 82-80 with 20 seconds left. Notre Dame (22-8, 10-6 Big East) completed its best regular season since 1988-89 with its fourth straight win over Georgetown (14-13, 6-10), which got 26 points and nine rebounds from Mike Sweetney.

No. 18 Memphis 90, UAB 79

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Chris Massie had 27 points and 11 rebounds and Antonio Burks had 11 points and 12 assists as the Tigers won their 11th straight.

The Tigers (22-5, 13-3 Conference USA) lost out on a share of the league title because of Marquette's win over Cincinnati and will be the No. 2 seed into next week's tournament at Louisville.

No. 19 Creighton 57, Indiana St. 56

ST. LOUIS -- Kyle Korver had 15 points and nine rebounds and Creighton won despite not scoring for the game's final 4:52.

The second-seeded Bluejays (27-4) advanced to the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

David Moss had 12 points for the Sycamores (7-24), who lost 17 of their last 19.

No. 20 Oklahoma St. 77, Texas A&M 52

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Ivan McFarlin had 17 points and 14 rebounds as Oklahoma State ended a three-game losing streak.

Melvin Sanders also had 17 points for the Cowboys (21-8, 10-6 Big 12).

No. 23 Mississippi St. 67, Auburn 45

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Derrick Zimmerman had 15 points and eight assists as Mississippi State clinched the Southeastern Conference West title.

Mississippi State (19-8, 9-7) won the West Division for the first time since 1995-96, and earned a bye in next week's conference tournament.

No. 17 Stanford 72, No. 22 California 60

STANFORD, Calif. -- Josh Childress had 15 points and 10 rebounds as No. 17 Stanford continued its dominance of rival California at home.


No. 11 North Carolina 80, Clemson 71

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Candace Sutton had a season-high 20 points and nine rebounds as North Carolina beat Clemson 80-71 Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

No. 22 Arizona 70, Oregon St. 56

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Krista Warren scored 20 points, and conference freshman of the year Shawntinice Polk added 15 with 13 rebounds for Arizona in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament.

No. 25 Washington 64, USC 63

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Giuliana Mendiola had 29 points and 11 rebounds as Washington defeated Southern California.

No. 3 Tennessee 76, No. 10 Mississippi St. 75

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Tennessee's Kara Lawson scored a career-high 32 points and hit a runner in the lane with one second left in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals.

No. 9 Stanford 60, California 35

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Nicole Powell scored 18 points and had nine rebounds as ninth-ranked Stanford defeated California in the quartefinals of the Pac-10 tournament.

NO. 6 LSU 78, NO. 15 Vanderbilt 69

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Seimone Augustus scored all 20 of her points in the second half, including 12 in the final four minutes, to lead No. 6 LSU to a win over 15th-ranked Vanderbilt in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

No. 19 UC Santa Barbara 76, UC Riverside 36

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Lindsay Taylor had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Kristen Mann had 18 points and five assists to lead UC Santa Barbara.

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